MLS Team of the Week: Kamara, Higuain, Drogba, Keane Star in Week 10
The stars of Major League Soccer left us with plenty of things to discuss following Week 10's matches.
The major talking point from the weekend's action came from Columbus, as Kei Kamara caught everyone's attention for his post-match remarks regarding Federico Higuain. The pair shined throughout the first half before everything went awry for the Crew.
In the same match, Didier Drogba and his Montreal Impact teammates produced a three-goal comeback to earn a point on the road at Mapfre Stadium.
Out in the Western Conference on Sunday, Robbie Keane produced a two-goal showing in his return to the pitch for the LA Galaxy.
Due to the plethora of impressive attacking performances in Week 10, we shaped our Team of the Week in a 3-4-3 formation.
Continue reading to see who joined Kamara, Higuain, Drogba and Keane in our weekly best XI.
GK: Zac MacMath, Colorado Rapids
If Zac MacMath continues to play like he did on Saturday night, the starting goalkeeper job may not go to Tim Howard when he joins the Colorado Rapids.
The 24-year-old American turned in his best performance of the season in Colorado's 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake. The former Philadelphia player made five saves, including a leaping effort to keep out Kyle Beckerman's shot from distance in the 61st minute.
Thanks to the exploits of MacMath in between the pipes, Colorado became the first team to reach 20 points in MLS this season. Pablo Mastroeni's side didn't eclipse the 20-point threshold until July 11 last season.
CB: Ronald Zubar, New York Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls fans have handed Ronald Zubar a ton of criticism early in the season, and rightfully so, but he delivered a respectable 90 minutes in Friday's 1-1 draw with Orlando City.
The 30-year-old was part of a back four that limited the dangerous Orlando City lineup to four shots on goal. No one in a purple shirt recorded more than one attempt on target.
Zubar made eight interceptions, eight clearances and won seven aerial duels in the road tie. While Friday didn't cure all of the defensive problems that have plagued Jesse Marsch's side in 2016, earning a point against a fellow postseason contender on the road was a step in the right direction.
CB: Brad Evans, Seattle Sounders
The Seattle Sounders continued their climb up the Western Conference standings on Saturday with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.
In the victory at CenturyLink Field, Brad Evans and the Seattle defense kept the Chris Wondolowski-led Earthquakes under wraps as they allowed just one shot on goal.
The 31-year-old United States international made five interceptions and four clearances in Seattle's fourth win of 2016.
CB: Damien Perquis, Toronto FC
Toronto FC didn't disappoint in Saturday's home opener in front of a packed house at the revamped BMO Field.
The improved back line of the Reds limited the quality scoring opportunities of Fabian Castillo and Mauro Diaz, and they allowed Sebastian Giovinco to produce the majority of the chances in front of the FC Dallas net.
Damien Perquis was one of the standout defenders on Saturday as he helped hold Maximiliano Urruti to 20 touches and one shot on goal.
The victory moved Greg Vanney's side into second place in the Eastern Conference. Toronto should claim the top spot in the near future with plenty of home games on the docket.
RM: Khiry Shelton, New York City FC
New York City FC delivered the most professional 90-minute performance of the Patrick Vieira era on Sunday night.
In the 2-0 road win over D.C. United, second-year attacker Khiry Shelton contributed a goal and an assist.
The first tally netted by NYCFC showed what Shelton, Thomas McNamara and David Villa are capable of when they are in a rhythm together moving forward.
The 22-year-old Shelton has produced one goal and three assists in the last three matches for NYCFC.
CM: Erik Friberg, Seattle Sounders
Erik Friberg was the key difference-maker in Seattle's win over San Jose.
The 30-year-old Swede produced a masterful 71 minutes in the middle of he park in which contributed to almost every aspect of the match.
Friberg dished out an assist and three key passes in attack, and he added four tackles and four interceptions on the defensive side of the pitch.
CM: Federico Higuain, Columbus Crew
Week 10 will be remembered for the controversy in Columbus, but before all the tumult occurred, the Crew were in the process of putting together one of their most complete games of 2016.
Federico Higuain was at the center of the trouble in the 53rd minute as he failed to let Kei Kamara take a penalty kick so the forward could have a chance to finish off his hat-trick. Instead, the Argentine playmaker slotted his second tally of the contest into the back of the net.
Although the match did not end well for the Crew, Higuain still placed a pair of shots past Evan Bush on Saturday to earn a spot in our best XI.
LM: Giles Barnes, Houston Dynamo
The play of Giles Barnes on the left wing was integral to the Houston Dynamo's 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City.
The Jamaica international opened the scoring in the 30th minute as he knocked a shot from the left side of the box into the bottom-right part of the net.
Barnes started the buildup to the second Houston tally right before half-time as he set up Cristian Maidana with a short pass before the Argentine found Andrew Wenger.
The victory came at the perfect time for the Dynamo, who entered Week 10 with a six-game winless streak.
FW: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew
Before he unleashed his selfish comments in the direction of Higuain and others after Saturday's 4-4 draw with Montreal, Kamara added a pair of strikes to his season total.
The prolific scorer notched his first tally of Week 10 in the 16th minute, when he headed home Justin Meram's cross from the left wing.
Kamara produced his second first-half goal right before half-time as he eluded Bush and a pair of Montreal defenders on his path to the net.
The brace was the first of the season for Kamara, who has five strikes to his name through nine games.
FW: Didier Drogba, Montreal Impact
Lost in all the drama surrounding the Crew was the three-goal comeback produced by the Montreal Impact at Mapfre Stadium.
Didier Drogba played a vital role in the second-half surge as he contributed a goal and two assists in the eight-goal affair.
The Ivorian placed all five of his shots on target in the Eastern Conference clash, and the point kept the Impact atop the East for another week with 15 points.
FW: Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
Robbie Keane bagged a first-half brace in his return to the LA Galaxy starting lineup on Sunday.
The 35-year-old capitalized on poor marking by the New England Revolution in the 13th and 45th minutes as he tapped in a pair of crosses from Gyasi Zardes.
Keane's two-goal performance combined with Giovani Dos Santos' 24th-minute tally handed Bruce Arena's club its third win in four games. The Galaxy haven't lost since Week 2 against Colorado.
GK: Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
CB: Bobby Burling (Colorado Rapids)
RM: Dominic Oduro (Montreal Impact)
RM: Andrew Wenger (Houston Dynamo)
CM: Micheal Azira (Colorado Rapids)
CM: Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact)
FW: Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)
Joe Tansey covers MLS for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter, @JTansey90.